This adorable little robot, called LEO, has been designed for hackers, educators and those who want to be able to hone their skills with mobile machines.
The robot kits allow all sorts of adaptations, including the addition of a Raspberry Pi, user controls, quick change wheels and more. Included in the array of options is smartphone control which will help to enable the robot to travel anywhere.
The technology is also controllable with cult open-source prototyping platform Arduino.
It has recently appeared funding website Kickstarter and has already had several backers pledging money to make the project a reality.
Ambitiously, the project is trying to raise a total of £50,000 for the production of the robots, with the hope that the product will help to improve people’s knowledge of coding and development.
Creative Robitics Ltd, a company that makes creative products for robots builders, is the behind the hackable robot.
It hopes the campaign will be successfully funded in April and by August the assembly, testing and packaging for shipping to backers will be completed. The parts for LEO are to be made in China and assembled in the UK.
The company says: “Leo is designed for experimenters and tinkerers. It includes two headers for standard hobby servos which can be used to create pan/tilt systems for mounting sensors or for experimenting with more advances steering using servos or ‘Mars rover’ style rocker suspension.
“We even made sure that the battery holders on the LEO pcb can be located in several positions so you can play around with the weight distribution and make room for floor sensors and suspension systems.”
Backers who decide to pledge more than £715 will receive a swarm of 6 LEO robots, each with four wheels. This could be useful for those who want to use the robot in teaching research or workshops, as well as being ideal for budding evil overlords.
Their Kickstarter page says the product will transform the way people play, learn and experiment with mobile machines.
“As well as operating as a standalone robot you can also use LEO as a base for a more sophisticated controller like the Raspberry Pi or you can fit a WiFi, bluetooth or Zigbee module for control via WiFi or Smartphone,” the page reads.
“LEO is designed to be hacked, customised and generally messed around with. The flexible yet simple design combined with our HUB-ee™ wheels opens up a new world of creative possibilities for experimental robot builders and tinkerers.”
Images courtesy of Creative Robotics Ltd.